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SCENE II.—Troyes in Champagne. An apart- || To swearing, and stern looks, diffus'd' attire,

ment in the French King's palace. Enter, at And every thing that seems unnatural. one door, King Henry, Bedford, Gloster, Exeter, which to reduce into our former favour, Warwick, Westmoreland, and other lords ; at You are assembled : and my speech entreats, another, the French king, queen Isabel, the That I may know the let, why gentle peace princess Katharine, lords, ladies, &c. the duke Should not expel these inconveniences, of Burgundy, and his train.

And bless us with her former qualities.

K. Hen. If, duke of Burgundy, you would the K. Hen. Peace to this meeting, wherefore we

peace, are met!

Whose want gives growth to the imperfections Unto our brother France,--and to our sister, Which you have cited, you must buy that peace Health and fair time of day :-joy and good wishes with full accord to all our just demands; To our most fair and princely cousin Katharine ; Whose tenors and particular effects And (as a branch and member of this royalty, You have, enscheduld briefly, in your hands. By whom this great assembly is contriv'd,) Bur. The king hath heard them; to the which, We do salute you, duke of Burgundy ;

as yet, And, princes French, and peers, health to you all ! || There is no answer made. Fr. King. Right joyous are we to behold your K. Hen.

Well then, the peace, face,

Which you before so urg'd, lies in his answer. Most worthy brother England; fairly met :- Fr. King. I have but with a cursorary eye So are you princes English, every one.

O'er-glanc'd the articles : pleaseth your grace Q. Isa. So happy be the issue, brother England, || To appoint some of your council presently of this good day, and of this gracious meeting, To sit with us once more, with better heed As we are now glad to behold your eyes ; To re-survey them, we will, suddenly, Your eyes, which hitherto have borne in them Pass our accept, and peremptory answer. Against the French, that met them in their bent, K. Hen. Brother, we shall.-Go, uncle Exeter,-The fatal balls of murdering basilisks :

And brother Clarence—and you, brother GlosThe venom of such looks, we fairly hope,

ter,Have lost their quality; and that this day Warwick—and Huntingdon,-go with the king : Shall change all griefs, and quarrels, into love. And take with you free power, to ratify,

K. Hen. To cry amen to that, thus we appear. Augment, or alter, as your wisdoms best
Q. Isa. You English princes all, I do salute you. Shall see advantageable for our dignity,

Bur. My duty to you both, on equal love, Any thing in, or out of, our demands; Great kings of France and England! That I have || And we'll consign thereto.– Will you, fair sister, labour'd

Go with the princes, or stay here with us? With all my wits, my pains, and strong endeavours, Q. Isa. Our gracious brother, I will go with them; To bring your most imperial majesties

Haply, a woman's voice may do some good, Unto this bard and royal interview,

When articles, too nicely urg'd, be stood on. Your mightiness on both parts best can witness. K. Hen. Yet leave our cousin Katharine here Since then my office hath so far prevailid, That, face to face, and royal eye to eye,

She is our capital demand, compris'd You have congreeted; let it not disgrace me, Within the fore-rank of our articles. If I demand, before this royal view,

Q. Isa. She hath good leave... (Exeunt all but What rub, or what impediment, there is,

Henry, Katharine and her gentlewoman. Why that the naked, poor, and mangled peace, K. Hen.

Fair Katharine, and most fair, Dear nurse of arts, plenties, and joyful births, Will you vouchsafe to teach a soldier terins Should not, in this best garden of the world, Such as will enter at a lady's ear, Our fertile France, put up her lovely visage? And plead his love-suit to her gentle heart? Alas! she hath from France too long been chas'd; Kath. Your majesty shall mock at me; I cannot And all her husbandry doth lie on heaps, speak your England. Corrupting in its own fertility.

K. Hen. O fair Katharine, if you will love me Her vine, the merry cheerer of the heart, soundly with your French heart, I will be glad to Unpruned dies : her hedges even-pleached, - hear you confess it brokenly with your English Like prisoners wildly over-grown with hair, tongue. Do you like me, Kate? Put forth disorder'd twigs : her fallow leas

Kath. Pardonnez moy, I cannot tell vat is—like The darnel, hemlock, and rank fumitory, Doth root upon; while that the coulter2 rusts, K. Hen. An angel is like you, Kate; and you 'That should deracinate3 such savagery :

are like an angel. The even mead, that erst brought sweetly forth Kath. Que dit-il ? que je suis semblable à les The freckled cowslip, burnet, and green clover, anges? Wanting the scythe, all uncorrected, rank, Alice. Ouy, vraymeut, (sauf vostre grace) ainsi Conceives by idleness : and nothing teems, dit il, But hateful docks, rough thistles, kecksies, burs, K. Hen. I said so, dear Katharine ; and I must Losing both beauty and utility.

not blush to affirm it. And as our vineyards, fallows, meads, and hedges, Kath. O bon Dieu ! les langues des hommes sont Defective in their natures, grow to wildness; pleines des tromperies. Even so our houses, and ourselves, and children, K. Hen. What says she, fair one that the Have lost, or do not learn, for want of time, tongues of men are full of deceits? The sciences that should become our country ; Alice. Ouy; dat de tongues of de mans is be But grow,

like savages,--as soldiers will, full of deceits : dat is de princess. That nothing do but meditate on blood,

K. Hen. The princess is the better English (1) Barrier. (2) Plowshare.

(4) Extravagant. (5) Appearance. (3) To deracinate is to force up the roots.

(6) Hinderance.

with us ;


woman. l'faith, Kate, my wooing is fit for thy un- || shall never move thee in French, unless it be to derstanding : I am glad, thou canst speak no bet. laugh at me. ter English ; for, if thou couldst, thou wouldst find Kath. Sauf vostre honneur, le François que vous me such a plain king, that thou wouldst think, 1 ||parlez, est meilleur, que l'Anglois lequel je parle. had sold my farm to buy my crown.

I know no

K. Hen. No, 'faith, 'tis not, Kate; but thy speakways to mince it in love, but directly to say-I loveing of my tongue, and I thine, most truly falsely, you : then, if you urge me further than to say— must needs be granted to be much at one. But, Do

you in faith? I wear out my suit. Give me Kate, dost thou understand thus much English? your answer; i'faith, do; and so clap hands and a Canst thou love me? bargain : How say you, lady?

Kath. I cannot tell. Kath. Sauf vostre honneur, me understand well. K. Hen. Can any of your neighbours tell, Kate?

K. Hen. Marry, if you would put me to verses, I'll ask them. Come, I know, thou lovest me: and or to dance for your sake, Kate, why you undid me : at night when you come into your closet, you'll for the one, I have neither words nor measure ; and question this gentlewoman about me; and I know, for the other, I have no strength in measure, yet a Kate, you will, to her, dispraise those parts in me, reasonable measure in strength. If I could win a that you love with your heart : but, good Kate, mock lady at leap-frog, or by vaulting into my saddle me mercifully ; the rather, gentle princess, because with my armour on my back, under the correction I love thee cruelly. If ever thou be'st mine, Kate, of bragging be it spoken, I should quickly leap into|(as I have a saving faith within me, tells me,—thou a wife. Or, if I might buffet for my love, or bound shalt,) I get thee with scambling, and thou must my horse for her favours, I could lay on like a therefore needs prove a good soldier-breeder: Shall butcher, and sit like a jack-an-apes, never off: but, || not thou and I, between Saint Dennis and Saint before God, I cannot look greenly,2 nor gasp out George,compound a boy, half French, half English, my eloquence, nor I have no cunning in protesta: that shall go to Constantinople, and take the Turk tion; only downright oaths, which I never use till by the beard? shall we not? what sayest thou, urged, nor never break for urging. If thou canst nower-de-luce ? love a fellow of this temper, Kate, whose face is not Kath. I do not know dat. worth sun-burning, that never looks in his glass for K. Hen. No; 'tis hereafter to know, but now to love of any thing he sees there, let thine eye be thy promise: do but now promise, Kate, you will endeacook. I speak to thee plain soldier: If thou canstvour for your French part of such a boy; and, for love me for this, take me: if not, to say to thee--that my English moiety, take the word of a king, and a I shall die, is true; but for thy love, by the Lord, bachelor. How answer you, la plus belle Kathano; yet I love thee too. And while thou livest, dear ||rine du monde, mon tres chere et dirine deesse ? Kate, take a fellow of plain and uncoined3 con- Kath. Your majesté ’ave fausse French enough stancy; for he perforce must do thee right, because to deceive the most sage demoiselle dat is en France. he hath not the gift to woo in other places; for these K. Hen. Now, fie upon my false French! By mine fellows of infinite tongue, that can rhyme themselves honour, in true English, I love thee, Kate : by into ladies' favours,—they do always reason them- which honour I dare not swear, thou lovest me; yet selves out again. What! a speaker is but a prater;my blood begins to flatter me that thou dost, nota rhyme is but a ballad. A good leg will fall;" a withstanding the poor and untempering effect of my straight back will stoop; a black beard will turn visage. Now beshrew my father's ambition! he white; a curled pate will grow bald; a fair face was thinking of civil wars when he got me; therewill wither; a full eye will wax hollow; but a good fore was I created with a stubborn outside, with an heart, Kate, is the sun and moon; or, rather, the aspect of iron, that, when I come to woo ladies, I sun, and not the moon; for it shines bright, and fright them. But, in faith, Kate, the elder I wax, never changes, but keeps his course truly. If thou the better I shall appear: my comfort is, that old would have such a one, take me : And take me, age, that ill-layer up of beauty, can do no more take a soldier; take a so'dier, take a king: And spoil upon my face: thou hast me, if thou hast me, what sayest thou then to my love? speak, my fair, at the worst; and thou shalt wear me, if thou wear and fairly, I pray thee.

ine, better and better; And therefore tell me, most Kath. Is it possible dat I should love de enemy fair Katharine, will you have me? Put off your of France ?

maiden blushes; avouch the thoughts of your heart K. Hen. No; it is not possible, you should love with the looks of an empress ; take me by the hand, the enemy of France, Kate : but, in loving me, you and say–Harry of England, I am thine : which should love the friend of France; for I love France word thou shalt no sooner bless mine ear, withal, so well, that I will not part with a village of it; 1 but I will tell thee aloud-England is thine, Irewill have it all mine: and, Kate, when France island is thine, France is thine, and Henry Plantagemine, and I am yours, then yours is France, and net is thine; who, though I speak it before his face,

if he be not fellow with the best king, thou shalt Kath. I cannot tell vat is dat.

find the best king of good fellows. Come, your K. Hen. No, Kate? I will tell thee in French ; answer in broken music; for thy voice is music, which, I am sure, will hang upon my tongue like and thy English broken : therefore, queen of all, a new-married wife about her husband's neck, Katharine, break thy mind to me in broken English, hardly to be shook off. Quand j'ay la possession Wilt thou have me? de France, et quand vous avez la possession de Kath. Dat is, as it shall please de roy mon pere. moi, (let me see, what then? Saint Dennis be my K. Hen. Nay, it will please him well, Kale; it speed !)donc vostre est France, et vous estes || shall please him, Kate. mienne. It is as easy for me, Kate, to conquer the

Kath. Den it shall also content me. kingdom, as to speak so much more French: 1 K. Hen. Upon that I will kiss your hand, and I

call you—my queen. (1) In dancing (2) i. e. Like a young lover, awkwardly.

(4) Fall away. (3) He means, resembling a plain piece of metal, (5) i. e. Though my face has no power to soften which has not yet received any impression.


you are mine.



Kath. Laissez, mon seigneur, laissez, laissez : maja fair French city, for one fair French maid that foy, je ne veur point que vous abbaissez vostre stands in my way. grandeur, en baisant la main d'une vostre indigne Fr. King. Yes, my lord, you see them perspec. serviteure; ercusez moy, je vous supplie, mon tres tively, the cities turned into a maid; for they are puissant seigneur.

all girdled with maiden walls, that war hath never K. Hen. Then I will kiss your lips, Kate. entered.

Kath. Les dames, et damoiselles, pour estre K. Hen. Shall Kate be my wife? baisées devant leur nopces, il n'est pas le coûtume Fr. King. So please you. de France.

K. Hen. I am content; so the maiden cities you K. Hen. Madam, my interpreter, what says she? || talk of, may wait on her : so the maid, that stood

Alice. Dat it is not be de fashion pour les ladies in the way of my wish, shall show me the way to of France,-I cannot tell what is baiser, en English. my will. K. Hen. To kiss.

Fr. King. We have consented to all terms of Alice. Your majesty entendre bettre que moy.

K. Hen. It is not the fashion for the maids in K. Hen. Is't so, my lords of England ? France to kiss before they are married, would she West. The king hath granted every article:

His daughter, first; and then, in sequel, all, Alice. Ouy, vrayment.

According to their firm proposed natures. K. Hen. O, Kate, nice customs curt'sy to great Ere. Only, he hath not yet subscribed this :kings. Dear Kate, you and I cannot be contined | Where your majesty demands.—That the king of within the weak list of a country's fashion: we are France, having any occasion to write for matter of the makers of manners, Kate; and the liberty that grant, shall name your highness in this form, and follows our places, stops the mouths of all tind- with this addition, in French,-Notre tres cher faults; as I will do yours, for upholding the nice | filz Henry roy d'Angleterre heretier de France ; fashion of your country, in denying me a kiss : | and thus in Latin,-Præclarissimus filius noster therefore, patiently, and yielding: (Kissing her.) Henricus, rex Angliæ et hæres Franciæ. You have witchcraft in your lips, Kate : there is Fr. King. Nor this I have not, brother, so denied more eloquence in a sugar touch of them, than in But your request shall make me let it pass. the tongues of the French council; and they should K. Hen. I pray you then, in love and dear sooner persuade Harry of England, than a general alliance, petition of monarchs. Here comes your father. Let that one article rank with the rest : Enter the French King and Queen, Burgundy,|| And, thereupon, give me your daughter.

Fr. King: Take her, fair son; and from her Bedford, Gloster, Exeter, Westmoreland, and

blood raise up other French and English Lords.

Issue to me: that the contending kingdoms Bur. God save your majesty! my royal cousin, of France and England, whose very shores look teach you our princess English ?

pale K. Hen. I would have her learn, my fair cousin, With envy of each other's happiness, how perfectly I love ber; and that is good English. May cease their hatred; and this dear conjunction Bür. Is she not apt?

Plant neighbourhood and christian-like accord K. Hen. Our tongue is rough, coz; and my con- In their sweet bosoms, that never war advance dition2 is not smooth : so that, having neither the His bleeding sword 'twixt England and fair France. voice nor the heart of flattery about me, I cannot AU. Amen! so conjure up the spirit of love in her, that he will K. Hen. Now welcome, Kate :-and bear me appear in his true likeness.

witness all, Bur. Pardon the frankness of my mirth, if I an- || That here I kiss her as my sovereign queen. swer you for that. If you would conjure in her,

(Flourish. you must make a circle: if conjure up love in her, Q. Isa. God, the best maker of all marriages, in his true likeness, he must appear naked, and Combine your hearts in one, your realms in one! blind : Can you blame her then, being a maid yet || As man and wife, being two, are one in love, rosed over with the virgin crimson of modesty, if So be there 'twixt your kingdoms such a spousal, she deny the appearance of a naked blind boy in That never may ill office, or fell jealousy, her naked seeing self? It were, my lord, a hard Which troubles oft the bed of blessed marriage, condition for a maid to consign to.

Thrust in between the paction of these kingdoms, K. Hen. Yet they do wink, and yield; as love to make divorce of their incorporate league ; is blind, and enforcés.

That English may as French, French Englishmen, Bur. They are then excused, my lord, when they | Receive each other!–God speak this Amen! see not what they do.

All. Amen! K. Hen. Then, good my lord, teach your cousin K. Hen. Prepare we for our marriage :-on to consent to winking.

which day, Bur. I will wink on her to consent, my lord, if || My lord of Burgundy, we'll take your oath, you will teach her to know my meaning: for maids, And all the peers’, for surety of our leagues.well summered and warm kept, are like flies at Bar.|| Then shall I swear to Kate, and you to me; tholomew-tide, blind, though they have their eyes ; | And may our oaths well kept and prosp'rous be! and then they will endure handling, which before

(Exeunt. would not abide looking on.

Enter Chorus. K. Hen. This moral3 ties me over to time, and a hot summer; and so I will catch the fly, yourThus far, with rough, and all unable pen, cousin, in the latter end, and she must be blind too. Our bendingi author hath pursu'd the story;

Bur. As love is, my lord, before it loves. In little room confining mighty men,

K. Hen. It is so: and you may, some of you, Mangling by starts the full course of their glory. thank love for my blindness; who cannot see many

(3) Application. (1) Slight barrier. (2) Temper. (4) i. e. Unequal to the weight of the subject.



Act V.

Small time, but, in that small, most greatly liv’d, llis well supported, except in his courtship, where

This star of England : fortune made his sword; he has neither the vivacity of Hal, nor the grandeur By which the world's best garden? he achiev'd, of Henry. The humour of Pistol is very happily And of it left his son imperial lord.

continued : his character has perhaps been the Henry the Sixth, in infant bands crown'd king model of all the bullies that have yet appeared on

or France and England, did this king succeed ; | the English stage. Whose ate so many had the managing,

The lines given to the Chorus have many adThat they lost France, and made his England | mirers; but the truth is, that in them a little may bleed:

be praised, and much must be forgiven; nor can Which oft our stage hath shown; and, for their sake, || it be easily discovered, why the intelligence given In your fair minds let this acceptance take. (Exit. | by the Chorus is more necessary in this play, than

in many others where it is omitted. The great

defect of this play is, the emptiness and narrow

ness of the last act, which a very little diligence This play has many scenes of high dignity, and might have easily avoided. many of easy merriment. The character of the king

JOHNSON (1) France.

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